Historical compromise reached between Dalits, upper caste farmers
No doubt it is an historical event in Chittoor district that was witnessed on Sunday. District Collector P S Pradyumna undertook a mammoth effort to come up with an amicable solution between the Dalit leaders and the upper caste sections in Pachhikapulam village where discrimination existed between the two sections since several decades.
Chittoor: No doubt it is an historical event in Chittoor district that was witnessed on Sunday. District Collector P S Pradyumna undertook a mammoth effort to come up with an amicable solution between the Dalit leaders and the upper caste sections in Pachhikapulam village where discrimination existed between the two sections since several decades.
The farmers of Pachhikapulam village, Vedurukuppam mandal used to perform Mahabharatham Utsavams every year in which the entry for the dalit communities has been restricted since several decades. Untouchability is still prevailing in that particular village.
Protesting against the caste discrimination and untouchability, the Dalit unions made a serious protest in the village demanding the farmers to allow them to take equal part in the Mahabharatham Utsavams.
Having come to know the prevailing rift between the dalit leaders and the farmers in the Pacchikapulam village , District Collector as made an hectic effort on Sunday arranging a meeting of the farmers and the dalit leaders of Pachchikapulam village .
Chittoor SP Rajasekhara Babu, Joint Collector Girisha , the concerned DSPs, RDOs took part in the meeting. After ascertaining the arguments of the Dalit leaders and the leaders of farmer unions of Pachhikapulam, District Collector took an active role in pacifying both the parties with suitable alternatives.
Finally, the villagers agreed to accord permission for the dalit communities to take part in the upcoming Mahabharatham Utsavams along with them on certain terms and conditions. The Dalit leaders have conveyed their gratitude to the district collector for arriving at a historical agreement in facilitating them to take equal part in the said Utsavams along with the upper caste sections.
Goverdhana Reddy, the prospective farmer of Pachchikapulam village and Subramanyam, the Dalit leaders declared later that the long pending dispute among them ended in a highly peaceful and pleasant atmosphere.
Speaking on the occasion, the District Collector declared the agreement between dalit communities and the upper caste sections of Pachhikapulam was historical and role model in the country.
“It is really a big achievement on the part of district administration and the police for putting a permanent end to the prevailing and terrifying dispute between the Dalits and the farmers of the village” he reiterated.
He assured that Chittoor SP Rajasekhar Babu, Joint Collector Girisha and himself would take part in the proposed event if invited. Chiittoor SP expressed his serious concern over the untouchable customs in the villages even after attaining 70 years of Independence. Chittoor RDO Kodanda Rami Reddy, DD Social Welfare Vijayakumar, Several DSPs, Revenue officials , the leaders of Dalit unions like Munaswamy and others were present.